If Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher Is Tonya Harding, Who's Jeff Gillooly

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Not pictured: Lee Fisher in a figure skating outfit
  • Not pictured: Lee Fisher in a figure skating outfit

The race between Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher for the U.S. Senate is, as the Columbus Dispatch said in a headline this morning, "flying under the radar." Brunner had only raised $61,000 by the end of last year and Fisher had raked in about $1.8 million. The Dispatch quoted OSU political scientist Herb Asher as saying, "I don't think there's been much of a race to focus on."

Brunner, to her credit, is trying to make it interesting, even if, in the process and not to her credit, she's endeavoring into nasty name calling and bizarre analogies.

Like comparing Lee Fisher to Tonya Harding.

Wait, how'd we get from this 2010 Senate race to a 1994 figure skating scandal?

Fisher has attracted support from influential Democrats, most notably Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Brunner has accused Fisher and his supporters of heavy-handed tactics to thwart Democrats from endorsing her or contributing money to her campaign.

"If you're running a footrace, you can just run faster and run like the wind because you're better conditioned and you're a better athlete, or you can do the, you know, the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan thing ... have somebody go in and beat 'em up or elbow or kick 'em," Brunner said, a reference to the infamous attack arranged by Harding against Kerrigan before their figure-skating competition at the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Fisher denies such allegations, challenging Brunner to provide

Sen. Sherrod Brown is staying neutral but has called out Brunner for attacking Fisher. A valid criticism, surely, but perhaps Brown should be calling her out for her poor choice in clichéd and outdated analogies, too. Ohioans deserve better.

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